To the Editors:

In my review of Executioner’s Current: Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and the Invention of the Electric Chair [NYR, August 14], I badly overstated the number of people that Michael Radelet, Hugo Adam Bedau, and Constance E. Putnam estimated to have been unjustly executed in the twentieth century. As Professor Bedau points out, the figure should be 24, not 463. I apologize to Professor Bedau and his colleagues.

Richard Cohen

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December 4, 2003